Rumor has it that Swedish cars can do it. For example, the new station wagon from Trollhattan is SAAB-9-3 Sport Combi. Then listen: these are my three wishes.
I want to stand out
As you wish, master! To begin with, in your hands is the first SAAB station wagon after a long break. Of course, with the exception of the older brother, the 9–5 Wagon model.
The prefix "sport" is confirmed by a short rear overhang, narrowed rear windows, a roof without rails. A bold and beautiful design move - large white LED lights that logically complete the roof line. Family values are not forgotten: combi 9–3 - true SAAB. From the characteristic radiator grille to some lines borrowed by designers from the long-standing 99 Turbo model.
However, one can be proud not only of appearance, but also of excellent streamlining: aerodynamic drag coefficient - Cx = 0.33. In addition, it is the first car in the Swedish family to have zero lift on both axles.
The developers put a lot of effort to calm the air flow not only around, but also inside the car. Computer programs helped to reduce the expensive purge time in the wind tunnel. In virtual reality, they even observed the movement of air in the engine compartment (for better engine cooling) and the cabin. Even the shape of the lower arm of the rear suspension was calculated for better streamlining - and so that dirt does not stick to the disc.
Many of the highlights are hidden from view. More than half of the parts are stamped from high-strength steel, and the hood, fifth door and rear bumper beam are made of aluminum. By the way, bumpers hold a blow up to 8 km / h. Box elements behind the front chipper are designed for collisions of up to 15 km / h. After a collision, they are not difficult to change, but expensive body parts will remain intact.
Indeed, there are enough advantages. But I still have two wishes. So, I order
Please enjoy …
Comfortable seats with many adjustments, with electric motors everywhere built in, except perhaps for lumbar support. They carefully embrace the body, absolutely not restricting movement - as in a home armchair. Yes, and the passenger is not deprived - he has exactly the same amount of adjustments. It remains only to adjust the steering wheel in height and in the longitudinal plane. By the way, depending on the configuration on the helm, you can feel the buttons, control the information and audio system, telephone, and the Centronic automatic transmission.
"Sport Combi", like other representatives of the brand, are strong in the details. So that in difficult situations - the electronics will recognize them by the included turn signals, intensive braking, etc. - the driver is less distracted, the ComSense function will hold for a couple of seconds the next informational message or call that arrives on the built-in phone. For the same purpose, the developers also provided for the night mode of illumination of devices. The dials are muted, only the speedometer lights in the dark.
The split rear seat can be folded up or the hatch for long arms can be opened in it. For modifications, Liner and Ark offer a front seat with a folding back - something up to 2.65 m long will fit in the cabin.
SAAB honors its aviation past and unobtrusively recalls it. In Sport Combi, the handle on the hatch in the trunk floor is made in the shape of an airplane. Here is a niche for small luggage, which is additionally fixed with a grid.
Satisfied. Now the last, most important desire. Deliver …
You will receive them, because under you is a station wagon in the Aero version - with an automatic six-speed gearbox and a 2.8 liter engine with a capacity of 250 liters. with. On smooth Swedish roads, this car resembles a high-speed train with its behavior. The “car” goes like on rails, showing remarkable smoothness. It clearly prescribes turns, giving pleasure to the driver and not unnerving passengers in vain. One of the components of such refined handling is the rear “thruster” suspension of ReAxs.
If you went through a bit, the error will be fixed by the ESP Plus stabilization system. You will begin to brake intensively in a corner, the CBC device, which distributes the braking forces for each wheel, will take up the matter.
It is amazing: a new aluminum motor with a system that controls the timing of the gas distribution, a Mitsubishi turbocharger with a double “snail”, intermediate air cooling even pulls from 1, 500 rpm. At this point, the six produces 90% of the maximum torque. When driving slowly, the “automatic” jumps to the next gear, preventing the tachometer needle from even reaching the 2500 mark.
It’s a pity, there were no more desires left, otherwise I would ask to temporarily cancel the speed limits. To the permitted 110 km / h, the new "six" accelerated the car in the blink of an eye - the turbine did not even have a chance to scream. Only the alarming stabilization system blinked a light on the panel. Compared to the mechanical “six-step”, which sins with fuzzy inclusions, the “machine” does its job quickly and almost imperceptibly.
The V6 engine is the pinnacle of the lineup. Below are four-cylinder engines: atmospheric gasoline with a volume of 1.8 liters, three 2-liter units with different boost pressures (150–210 hp) and two 1.9 liter turbodiesels with two and four valves per cylinder (120 and 150 hp) Curious: as an option for the most powerful 210-horsepower gasoline “four” offer “automatic” with the formula 5 + 2. Two intermediate steps are built between the second and third, as well as the third and fourth steps. “Half-gears” allow you to win the treasured seconds of acceleration in the kick-down mode.